Mr. Gresham to Mr. Terrell.
Department of State, January 6, 1894.
Sir: Your No. 1291 of 11th ultimo, and the copy therewith, have been received. It appears that Adam Aivazian, a naturalized American, is now in prison at Yozgad, on suspicion of conspiracy against the Turkish Government. He states that he resided ten years in this country, and about 1891–’92 went to Turkey on business, intending to return to America.
The case seems an especially hard one, as this man appears to intend honestly to conserve his American status by closing up his interests in Turkey and settling in California for life.
If there are charges against him, it would seem that he should be confronted with them and given a chance to make his defense. Prolonged imprisonment seems an unnecessary hardship, against which you can rightly protest.
I am, etc.,